Clinical Decision Support Will Soon Be Mainstream

Ashima LallThis post was contributed by Ashima Lall, MD, MBA, FACHE, system chief of performance improvement, Radiology Associates of the Main Line, Riddle Memorial Hospital, Main Line Health (Pennsylvania).

The recent 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule confirmed that CMS is serious about requiring providers to consult appropriate use criteria (AUC) prior to ordering advanced imaging — effective Jan. 1, 2020.

That means that using clinical decision support (CDS) to access these AUC will soon be mainstream clinical practice. We just have to connect referring providers with us — the imaging providers. The ACR is here to help.

On Sept. 26 at 7pm Eastern Time, I will take part in the first in a series of free ACR webinars laying out the CDS mandate requirements, demonstrating how Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network (R-SCANTM)  participation prepares referring providers for adoption of CDS technology and highlighting steps you can take to support CDS success. This Imaging 3.0 case study outlines a recent effort at my hospital.

I strongly urge you to register for the Sept. 26 webinar and those webinars to follow. I also invite you to visit (and bookmark) the updated ACR Clinical Decision Support Resources section that walks you through what you need to know about the CDS mandate and what you need to do to meet the requirements.

January 2020 sounds like a long way away. It’s not.

Let’s move forward together.

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